Where is stone a no-no?
There are plenty of reasons to add natural stone to your home design.
First and foremost, it’s a stunning visual option, as natural stone can come in various colours and textures. Secondly, natural stone is a durable material that can stand the test of time.
It’s also a greener material than man-made options, helping to support a more sustainable lifestyle.
Finally, natural stone adds value to a home, making a solid investment on the part of homeowners.
However, as great as natural stone is, it may not always be the best choice for every part of your home. Where stone should and shouldn’t be used in your home will ultimately come down to your lifestyle and personal tastes, but there are some general things to keep in mind.
Kitchens are for cooking, and while you may be prepared to clean your stone surfaces on a regular basis, it’s important to understand how some materials commonly found in the kitchen can damage flooring, countertops and splashbacks.
First and foremost, some stones are more vulnerable to stains than others, making a spilled glass of wine a serious danger to the wrong surface.
Additionally, calcareous stones like marble and limestone are much more vulnerable to acid etching than other types, meaning a spilled glass of milk might just be something to cry about after all.
The threat of acid etching can also make cleaning marble and other natural stone more difficult in a kitchen setting.
Bathrooms can face the same threats as kitchens in many cases. However, instead of food and drink, floors and countertops in bathrooms face the danger of chemicals found in common toiletries and make-up products.
Of course, another major danger for natural stone in bathrooms is water. Sinks, toilets and especially bathtubs and showers can lead to wet stone surfaces.
Depending on the type of stone used in your bathroom, water can penetrate the surface within seconds, leading to stains and structural damage such as picture framing, not to mention the growth of moss and mold.
Being out in the open means natural stone used in patios must contend with Mother Nature. This can lead to all sorts of trouble, whether from rainfall or organic stains caused by things like leaves and bird droppings.
Fortunately, if you do decide to use natural stone in environments like kitchens, bathrooms and patios, it’s possible to defend against stains and structural damage with the use of a premium-quality impregnating sealer.
While sealers cannot prevent acid etching, they can penetrate deep into the stone and help create a barrier intended to repel oil and water.
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